President Jacob Zuma has during his presidential reply to the Presidency’s Budget made no reference to the empty opposition benches as eight parties have boycotted the sitting of Parliament.
Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Leader Mmusi Maimane minutes before the sitting confirmed that he consulted with opposition parties and the decision to boycott was taken.
DA, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Freedom Front Plus (FF+), Congress of the People (COPE, African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), United Democratic Movement (UDM), National Freedom Party (NFP) and Pan African Congress (PAC)- are the eight parties which are not present in Parliament.
“As representatives of the people of South Africa, we cannot in good conscience legitimise an empty speech of an utterly discredited and illegitimate President,” Maimane said in a statement.
The African National Congress (ANC) has described today’s boycott as a “laughable self-contradictory gimmick”.
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